Movie Review: SO COLD THE RIVER

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Rating: R Stars: Bethany Joy Lenz, Katie Sarife, Andrew J. West, Michael J. Rogers, Alycia Reiner, Deanna Dunagan, Kevin Cahoon, Kingston Vernes Writer: Paul Shoulberg, based on the novel by Michael Koryta Director: Paul Shoulberg Distributor: Saban Films Release Date: March 29, 2022 SO COLD THE RIVER is a pleasingly atmospheric horror film that keeps us guessing. What should we fear most here? The unusually-structured hotel where much of the action takes place? The small town where the hotel is located? Or the town’s most famous son, Campbell Bradford? Directed and written by Paul Shoulberg, SO COLD THE RIVER actually […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE LOST CITY

THE LOST CITY movie poster | ©2022 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Brad Pitt Writers: Oren Uzel and Dana Fox and Adam Nee & Aaron Nee, story by Seth Gordon Directors: Aaron Nee & Adam Nee Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: March 25, 2022 THE LOST CITY is not to be confused with previous films that have the same or similar titles. Likewise, it is not to be mistaken for older movies that have the same general premise, i.e., ROMANCE THE STONE and subsequent variations on it. Then again, THE LOST CITY is a bit of a parody of the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: X

X Movie poster | ©2022 A24

Rating: R Stars: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, Scott Mescudi, Martin Henderson, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure Writer: Ti West Director: Ti West Distributor: A24 Release Date: March 18, 2022 X is director Ti West’s blend of drama, comedy, horror and moviemaking about moviemaking. He succeeds in being disturbing and almost heartbreaking before X backs off and turns more comic and conventional. In a wraparound sequence, we’re with law enforcement as they examine a very bloody crime scene. We then flash back to twenty-four hours earlier. We’re in 1979 Houston, Texas, where employees of a burlesque club are all too […]Read On »

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Movie Review: YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER

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Rating: Not Rated Stars: Hazel Doupe, Carolyn Bracken, Ingrid Craigie, Jordanne Jones, Paul Reid, Katie White, Florence Adebambo Writer: Kate Dolan Director: Kate Dolan Distributor: Magnet Release Date: March 25, 2022 YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER has a title that indicates where its plot is going. Director/writer Kate Dolan makes a good case for how mental illness can easily be confused with supernatural darkness, while not letting her genre audience down. In a prologue, we see a baby alone in a stroller at night. A woman, Rita (Ingrid Craigie), runs up to the stroller and begins pushing it. She sets […]Read On »

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Movie Review: 6:45

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Rating: R Stars: Michael Reed, Augie Duke, Armen Garo, Ray Mancini, Remy Ma, Thomas G. Waites Writer: Robert Dean Klein, story, Craig Singer Director: Craig Singer Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment Release Date: March 22, 2022 6:45 is like a homicidal version of GROUNDHOG DAY, or a far less playful variation on HAPPY DEATH DAY, to cite two of the most familiar films with this theme. Bobby (Michael Reed) and Jules (Augie Duke) take the ferry to picturesque Bog Grove Island. Despite what its name suggests, Bog Grove is sunny and has lots of two-story beach-adjacent cottages. The couple check […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE OUTFIT

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Rating: R Stars: Mark Rylance, Zoey Deutch, Dylan O’Brien, Johnny Flynn, Simon Russell Beale, Nikki Amuka-Bird Writers: Johnathan McClain & Graham Moore Director: Graham Moore Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: March 18, 2022 THE OUTFIT has a title with at least two meanings (if not more). One is a reference to the shadowy criminal organization that looms large in the background here. The other is an actual outfit, i.e., a man’s suit. We’re in 1956 Chicago. Presumably, we know we’re in for a thriller. We are introduced via voiceover to gentlemen’s suit-maker Leonard (Mark Rylance); he is a cutter and […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR

THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR Blu-ray | ©2022 RLJE Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Lonnie Chavis, Ezra Dewey, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Scott Michael Foster, Micah Hauptman Writers: David Charbonier & Justin Powell Directors: Justin Powell & David Charbonier Distributor: RLJE Films Release Date: July 29, 2021 theatrical/Shudder/ March 15, 2022, home video and digital THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR treads the tightrope of its subject matter remarkably well. There are actually two preteen boys, Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and Kevin (Ezra Dewey), in the film. We meet them both bound and gagged in the trunk of a car being driven to an isolated house. We flash back to six hours […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NO EXIT

NO EXIT Poster | ©2022 20th Century Studios/Hulu

Rating: R Stars: Havana Rose Liu, Danny Ramirez, David Rysdahl, Dale Dickey, Mila Harris, Dennis Haysbert Writers: Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, based on the novel by Taylor Adams Director: Damien Power Distributor: 20th Century Studios/Hulu Release Date: February 25, 2022 NO EXIT, now streaming on Hulu, is gratifyingly tight. Director Damien Power and writers Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari have adapted Taylor Adams’s novel into a no-frills thriller that packs in a lot of suspense with a small cast and few locations. At the start, we meet Darby (Havana Rose Liu). Darby is a young woman unhappily doing a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BATMAN

THE BATMAN Poster | ©2022 Warner Bros./DC

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, John Turturro, Andy Serkis, Peter Sarsgaard, Barry Keoghan, Jayme Lawson, Gil Perez-Abraham Writers: Matt Reeves & Peter Craig, based on characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, for DC Comics Director: Matt Reeves Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 4, 2022 THE BATMAN is not the longest superhero movie ever made. However, at two hours and fifty-five minutes, it’s a contender for the longest movie made about a lone superhero. (The AVENGERS movies and JUSTICE LEAGUE were about groups.) What’s surprising about THE BATMAN isn’t so […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT movie poster | ©2022 Dark Sky Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Emma Fitzpatrick, Angela Gulner, Jennifer Lafleur, Sibongile Mlambo, Corina Kinnear Writers: Emma Fitzpatrick & Gia Elliot Director: Gia Elliot Distributor: Dark Sky Films Release Date: March 4, 2022 TAKE BACK THE NIGHT clearly has its heart in the right place. The closing credits start with phone numbers for real-world rape survivor and suicide hotlines. The film also has a tricky but potentially intriguing premise. What if a woman was assaulted by a literal monster? Director Gia Elliot co-wrote the TAKE BACK THE NIGHT screenplay with lead actor Emma Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick plays Jane, who goes online by […]Read On »

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